MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1933
Party Sets Out to Shoot
Sea Serpent With Cameras
Newsmen, Photographers, mariners, and
scientists search for monster
By Cleveland Williams
Seattle, Wash. Oct. 22 (AP) - a
party of newsmen, photographers,
mariners and scientists put out today
to search for the Hiaschuackaluck
sea serpent and shoot him with cameras.
It was all very well for fishermen,
Indians, girl scouts, tourists and
suchlike imaginative persons to report
80-foot monsters swimming in
Okanogan Lake and off the coast of
Vancouver Island, but when ministers,
provincial officials and hardboiled
sea-captains asserted they
saw the dread cadborosaurus, "Amy"
of the serrated dorsal fins and
terrible fangs, that was too much.
A Victoria newspaper sent the expedition
in the Straits of Juan de Fuca,
where Capt. W. N. Prengel of
the Grace liner Santa Lucia reported
he saw a sea monster of giant size.
Capt. Prengel was reluctant to discuss
the nightmare that has caused
such a commotion until he arrived
in Victoria, B.C., from New York,
and found Canadians were talking
"My navigating officer called my
attention to a big, peculiarly shaped
object about 300 feet away," he said.
"We saw it was moving rapidly. It
cut quite a wake, and when it
disappeared it left quite a wide area
of foam, as if a giant tail had lashed
Navigating Officer A. E. Richards
said it was early in the morning,
and the ship was about 25 miles
east of Victoria.
"The serpent was lying on the
water," he said, "and when we came
past it lifted its head and looked
at the ship. It had a face something
like a sea cow. Its head was
about 36 inches broad and maybe
4 feet long. The serpent or whatever
you want to call it was about
90 feet long, sort of grayish. It's
body was a foot or a foot and a
half in diameter. It had a vicious
tail and was lashing the water."
Now there you have the story of
the two responsible mariners who
said they were wide awake and in
an observant frame of mind.
Newsmen, before taking off to
hunt the reptile, said the only thing
that seemed to be missing when the
officers saw it Saturday was the
serrated dorsal fin reported by more
than ten others.
Skeptics agreed the number of
seamen, familiar with sea-otters,
dolphins and such deceptive creatures
who say they have seen old
hiaschucholuck seemed to have disposed
of that theory of the origin
of the sea-serpent reports.
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